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The Cobbler’s Dishrag Drawer

The Cobbler’s Dishrag Drawer

Dear Ann, It has come to this. My once-glorious dishrag drawer is faded and bedraggled. I first noticed the general lowering of the tone of my dishcloths quite a while ago, but I kept pushing aside such unthinkable thoughts. The fact is, I’ve not been in the dishcloth knitting mood for a while now. Then, recently, a visitor commented on the sad state of my also-once-glorious tea towels. I had to face it: I’ve let myself go. The tea...

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Chin Up, Old Thing

Chin Up, Old Thing

Dear Ann, Recently The Women’s Room had a wonderful post about why getting a bit older is not that terrible. Today I discovered something even better: Google “Helen Mirren.” Go ahead, do it. Better now? A reason to put on your mascara and get to the gym once in a while? Feel free to suggest other Google searches that will help ease the aging process. Speaking of the aging process, some of my handknit dishrags have moved...

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From Our Far-Flung Dishrag Correspondents

Dear Ann, It sure is hard to keep up with all the news in these times. For example, the Ballband Dishcloth. There is just always something happening with the Ballband Dishcloth. People love it. It is the ur-dishrag, deeply embedded in the zeitgeist (and also the weltanschauung). Ballband-reminiscent ski hats. As Craig Ferguson would say, “Take that, Billabong!” And on the gossip beat, sources inform us that a certain Ballband...

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In Your Easter Bonnet (With All the Dishrags On It)

In Your Easter Bonnet (With All the Dishrags On It)

Dear Ann, Hi there! I’m still here. My knitting has taken a dishraggy turn lately. I am–believe it or not–getting to the bottom of my heretofore bottomless stash of Peaches & Creme dishcloth cotton, which means that suddenly all my choices are: pastel. I guess I just don’t like pastels that much in the Ordinary Course of Business. When my beloved Juicies and Blahs are down to sad 3-yard nubbins, I still have...

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Dishrag Detox

Dishrag Detox

Dear Ann, As much as I love, love, love knitting dishrags, I think they’ve become a problem for me. A crutch. Whenever I’m feeling fidgety lately, in knitting or life, I cast on a dishrag. This keeps me busy, but it’s not like I need the dishrags. I’m well fixed in the dishrag department. I hand them out to pals like sticks of gum. “Here, have a Wint-O-Green? A piece of Trident? A countertop...

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Cabinet of Curiosities

Cabinet of Curiosities

Dear Kay, In the kitchen, I usually keep a pile of emergency reading for use when eating my morning baked good and slurping coffee while keeping Clif from skateboarding in the kitchen. At the moment the emergency reading is Clara Parkes’ Knitter’s Book of Yarn, which I have moved from my bedside table because I keep falling asleep before I get to read anything. This book makes the best emergency reading because you can read exactly...

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For a Change from My Lameass Quilting

For a Change from My Lameass Quilting

Dear Ann, Oh A-ann? Where ARE you? I know you said you’d be on vacation but it seems like you’ve dropped off the face of the earth or something. Turn on your GPS thingie so I can find you out there in the desert! I have been quilting like a nut. LOVE THE QUILTING SO MUCH. I am trying to understand my deep loathing of The Template. But so far it seems quite possible to keep quilting without getting out the X-acto knife and...

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When Life Hands You Pink Lemons

When Life Hands You Pink Lemons

Dear Ann, I was all set for my first attempt at sewing an apron for Tie One On. The theme for July was ‘Pink Lemonade’. I had this fake vintage dishtowel that suits the theme perfectly. Amy had granted specific permission to all apron slackers to take a dishtowel, sew a long length of ribbon at the top, and call it an apron. But I had my own Artistic Vision, which involved cutting out the beverages and fruits and arranging them...

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